Every season may present it’s own challenges when it comes to plumbing, and frozen pipes are one of the biggest culprits of winter plumbing disasters. Luckily, with a bit of planning you can avoid Delran frozen pipes and the headaches that typically come from them, which can include:
– Burst pipes
– Bathroom leaks
– Basement flooding
– Damage to flooring
– Damage to ceilings
Part of your planning process needs to include the mapping of your plumbing system. This may seem simple, but you’d be surprised to find out that there’s a significant amount of unseen pipe that’s currently exposed and susceptible to icy temps. If this is the case, you need to do whatever you can to protect that exposed pipe with insulation.
What is Pipe Insulation?
Simply put, pipe insulation is any material used to surround pipe to protect it from external temperatures. This can often include:
– Foam insulation
– Foam spray
– Heating tape
The type of insulation you choose often depends on the circumstances. For example, newspaper may be sufficient for pipe found in a cool basement, but it would not work well for pipe located in an area with severe temperatures.
Even with insulation in place, the possibility of freezing pipes still exists. And whether you choose to handle the situation yourself or call a professional, it’s imperative that you move as quickly as possibly. Do not turn up your heat and wait for the pipe to thaw itself. Doing so can result in pipe bursting and significant damage. Instead, try warming the pipe with a hair dryer or space heater, and turn off the main shut off valve to your water supply.
For more on frozen pipe prevention and what you can do if you find a frozen pipe, contact Action Plumbing. We’re experienced in handling frozen pipe emergencies and ready to talk your call anytime night or day.